The Honorable Nicholas R. Burns is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a member of the Board of the School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is Chair of the School's Middle East Initiative and a new program on India and the Subcontinent. He is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, a member of the Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations and of several Boards, including the Richard Lounsbery Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He served for 27 years in the American Foreign Service including as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008), U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), U.S. Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001), State Department Spokesman (1995-1997) and for five years (1990-1995) was a member of the National Security Council Staff at the White House on Russian Affairs.